The Garage Dude Blog

Tackling your Garage Organization Project

Posted by Chris Watkins on Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 10:14 AM

It's often this time of year when homeowners start seeing those glimmer of sun rays beconing springtime to move faster.  Yet, with spring sometimes brings the garage blues.  Our mission has also been to turn unusable spaces, particularly garages, into useful, organized and attractive centers that can be used by all family members.  

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The challenge for many, however, is simply getting started.  It is easy to put things off only to wake up next spring and realize you have the same problem.  So why not take on that garage project, get some help from friends, family and industry professionals that can help you make your garage phobia turn into an awesome space within your home.

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After garage makeover

Following is a link to a great article from Elizabeth Jones, a professional organizer, to help you get your project started today!  Metropolitan Organizing  Her article really puts a human factor to the challenges many of us face when contemplating a garage organization project.  

Tags: Dream Garages, Garage Cabinets, Garage Floor Coatings, Garage Flooring, Garage Design, Garage Cabinets Lake Oswego, Garage Cabinets West Linn

Garage Storage and Organization - 2013 Trends

Posted by Chris Watkins on Tuesday, 01 Jan 2013 9:58 AM

Happy New Year!  I know, some of you that visit our website and blog, have thought about some type of garage enhancement project, but now that we are in the New Year, the big question is what trend will stand out as the direction of the garage enhancement industry? Will it be to add storage cabinets to your garage, or simply some overhead storage racks? Maybe you just want a nice looking garage floor that is easy to clean.

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Increasingly, we see more customers going for garage lighting upgrades, such as large ceiling overhead replacements or under cabinet lighting.  Other clients, are looking to hide Vacuflow systems and other items they deem unsightly for their overall garage appearance.  We have even helped clients create garage spaces for use as additional business office space, workout rooms, childrens play areas, etc.

OK, so the drum roll please...so then, what is it you ask is the key trend for 2013?  Clearly, the growing trend is not one of the above items, rather it is all of the above.  The fact is, our clients continue to focus on creating a real garage theme to meet additional needs in their household!

Let's face it, the garage is likely the single largest space in today's home.  Adding to that, many homes, built in the last 30 years, lack the storage spaces of yesteryear.  So, homeowners are confronted with a number of challenges, such as growing and aging families that require additional space, to new storage needs and the old garage standard of converting the piles of household "stuff" into neatly stored items that can be retrieved easily when needed.

So the 2013 trend is what we, at Garage Themes, call the full garage makeover.  You have seen it called other things like Man Caves, Garage Mahals, etc.  We have seen a growing client base go for all of the above when it comes to outfitting their garage.  Additionally customers are looking for custom fabrication and unique items to truly customize their garage space to fit their needs.  Ever considered an edge lit display case with color controller to show off your die cast metal car collection?  What about a ceiling mounted motorized storage system to hide those seasonal items that you would like to disappear until the holiday season next year?  How about a garage that fits your sport or hobby passion - like a ski chalet complete with beer bar, wall mural, accent lighting, etc?

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Whether you need a Man Cave (or Women's Club), your garage theme will likely enhance the floor with coating systems or stains, wall treaments and fresh paint, storage systems, such as storeWALL, cabinetry and workbenches.  Add some fresh overhead lighting, workbench lighting and presto, your ultimate garage theme emerges. 

Whatever your garage needs and desires, be assured that 2013 is the year it will happen.

May your garage theme bring in a Happy New Year!

Tags: Garage Mahal, Garage Cabinets, Redline Garage Gear, Storewall, Epoxy Garage Floors, Man Cave, acid stain concrete, Nice Cars, garage ceiling storage, ceiling racks

Unique Garage Storage and Sustainable Office Space

Posted by Chris Watkins on Monday, 28 Nov 2011 10:20 PM

Our Wilsonville client had a unique challenge with their garage project - considerable garage clutter, inadequate garage storage and a need for added office/desk space within their home.

Click meGiven these challenges, we utilized the Hyloft SuperPro overhead racks to create a cost effective storage option for seasonal and infrequently used household items.  Additionally, with the ceiling height, we could mount the storage racks above the garage door to provide a "cleaner" or less cluttered look, while providing ease of access to the racks.

Then, we added Redline Garage Gear storage cabinets with a Pewter powder coated finish and a custom redwood "live-edge" countertop complete with a two-part epoxy finish.  The countertop will be used for a multi-screen workstation/monitor configuration.  What was fun, was building the live edge redwood countertop out of reclaimed redwood timbers.  Also uniquie was the 7" square leg, made from a reused Redwood telegraph pole from the days before the information age.

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A Toshiba flatpanel TV opposite wall along with a Redline Garage Closet complete the solution. 

Tags: Storage Cabinets, Redline Garage Gear, Garage Workbenches, Garage Interiors, Garage Design, Custom Countertop, Redwood Countertop, Live edge countertop, Garage Cabinets

What to Look For When Buying Garage Storage Cabinets

Posted by Sarah Eadie on Thursday, 12 May 2011 4:14 PM
Stuff, stuff, stuff, STUFF, STUFF!
 
When you’re a homeowner, stuff just seems to accumulate in large quantities – especially in low traffic places in the home such as laundry rooms, basements, and garages. Unfortunately, most of us are too busy to pay much attention to those spaces until it’s too late, and the mess has reached critical mass. Weeks turn into months, and months turn into years as these rooms become increasingly untidy, and eventually unusable.
 
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Instead of perpetuating this guilt-inducing cycle, many homeowners are turning to wall-mounted cabinets as the solution to keeping clutter under control. With the right set of mounted wall cabinets, you can create a place that’s off the floor, protected and weatherproofed for virtually anything.

But not all garage cabinets are created equal! Don’t make the mistake of using cabinets meant for other places of the house in your garage. Just think of the types of things people typically store in their garage: household chemicals, heavy-duty tools, and dirty football equipment. What works in the laundry room won’t necessarily work in your garage. Your garage cabinets need to be as sturdy as the things you’re storing in them.
 
Here are four key qualities you should look for in your garage cabinets:

  1. Make sure that your cabinet system is weather resistant. One of the reason cabinets from other parts of the home can’t simply be transferred to the garage, is that other cabinets aren’t built to withstand the changes in temperature and humidity experienced in most garages. Garage cabinets need to be resistant to extreme weather and moisture. Check to make sure any cabinets you have your eye on are made out of sturdy materials. The Redline Garage Gear cabinets used at Garage Themes are powder coated to withstand the stresses of everyday use.  Even our 9-ply baltic birch drawer units use dovetail joinery to ensure they withstand the rigors of daily use. This coupled with anodized aluminum or brushed stainless steel handles ensures an attractive result with no rust. 
  2. Make sure that your cabinet system is fast and easy to install.  The harder your cabinet system is to install, the more time and money you’re going to have to spend. Whether you decide to make the time investment yourself to put it together or pay someone to put it together it for you, you’ll benefit from a simply designed, easily constructed set of cabinets. With Redline Garage Gear, a streamlined wall mounted system makes it easy for you to sit back and relax while your Garage Themes installation technician takes care of a your projects installation.
  3. Make sure that your cabinet system is customizable. Everyone’s home is different. Making an investment in your home only to find that what you’ve purchased doesn’t fit the space – either physically or aesthetically – is incredibly frustrating. Look for cabinets with flexible design, in a variety of colors and wood finishes.
  4. Make sure that your cabinet system has a warranty. Purchasing garage cabinets is a serious investment. Ideally, the person selling them to you is confident enough in the quality of their product to offer you some sort of warranty, or – better yet – a lifetime guarantee. Preserve your peace-of-mind knowing that your cabinet investment is protected in the unlikely event of a warranty repair.
Tell us about your garage cabinet buying experience in the comments. What tips do you recommend?
 
For more information about how Garage Themes can remodel your garage with Redline Garage Gear cabinets, visit our Storage Cabinet page or call for a free consultation.

Tags: Storage Cabinets, cabinet pricing, Garage Storage Cabinets, Garage Cabinets, Redline Garage Gear, Garage Cabinet, Garage Design, Garage Interiors, Garage Design, garage organization

Is Garage Organization a Good Investment?

Posted by Chris Watkins on Tuesday, 22 Mar 2011 6:45 PM
You’ve poked around the site, taken a good look at different flooring and cabinet options, maybe daydreamed about how you’d use the additional floor space in your organized garage. But you’re hesitant to contact Garage Themes. You’re thinking, “Okay, Garage Dude, I’ve seen what you can do. But you’ve got to be careful in today’s economy. Is organizing my garage really the best use of my money?”
Absolutely. And I’ll tell you why.
 
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  1. Less effort. Continually having to make temporary fixes here and there to keep your garage from falling apart is annoying and expensive. Garage Themes completely transforms your garage with high quality Redline storage cabinets, Liquid Concrete flooring, and wall storage systems that can take a beating and still look great. Once they’re installed, you won’t have to worry about them beyond the occasional wipe-down. You’ll be free to focus on the finer things in life: like designing the perfect man cave.
  2. Less stress. Cluttered garages aren’t just ugly, they can also be dangerous. You typically store things you don’t want in the house in the garage- heavy-duty power tools, poisonous or flammable liquids, muddy kids toys -and that’s fine. But when you collect all these items in one place without an organization system, you’re going to create safety hazards. Pulling your car out of an unorganized garage to go to work every morning is sure to leave your brain feeling equally unfocused and cluttered. “Those shelves are too full. What if one of them was to finally tip over? And those chemicals all over the floor, what if the dog were to get into that?” Investing in an optimally organized garage is investing in your family’s safety, and your peace of mind.  Stop worrying yourself with these troubling scenarios and call for a free consultation.
  3. More time. Still not convinced? Think of it this way: time is money. Once you’ve worked with Garage Themes to create space for all the stuff that’s been collecting in your garage (for tips on how to get rid of old junk you don’t need, check this post), all of your tools and equipment will be at your fingertips. Life is too short to spend hours trying to dig through cobwebs looking for your wrench set, or find your son’s long-lost baseball glove. Once your garage clutter finds a place either on a wall storage system or tucked away in a quality Redline storage cabinet, you can invest the time you used to spend looking for stuff, into actually doing things. Revive that long lost project you finally found the tools for, or use the extra garage space to work on the car. The possibilities are endless.
  4. Bragging rights. Here on the Garage Dude Blog, I don’t advocate the exercise in futility that is ‘keeping up with the Jones’… unless you’re the obvious winner. Your days of hiding your cluttered garage from your neighbors and family can be over. Invite friends over for an evening of cold beers and car maintenance, or enjoy lifting weights with your nephew in the new space. When you’ve worked with Garage Themes to optimally organize your garage, all you’ll want to do is show it off.

Have you or someone you know recently invested in garage reorganization? We want to hear about it! Tell us about your experience in the comments.

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3 Weekends to a Safer Garage Enhancement Project

Posted by Chris Watkins on Tuesday, 22 Feb 2011 5:30 AM
Yes, the Garage Dude Blog is a place for me to promote my products and services to you, fellow garage and home improvement enthusiasts. And not because I’m out to make a quick buck, but because I am convinced that the garage accessories, flooring, wall storage systems, and storage cabinets I offer are the best in the Northwest. But for this post I’m going to step down from my salesperson platform to provide you with some important information on garage safety.
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According to the Home Safety Council, 65 million US garages are in cluttered disarray.  That explains why many of the 21 million preventable household injuries Americans suffer each year happen in the garage. Here are some quick and easy things you can do to make your garage a safer place for you and your family.
  1. Get rid of junk. Grab a garbage bag and a large box, and head out to the garage. Garages are notorious junk magnets where stuff you don’t want in the house inevitably piles up. Be realistic with yourself, and aggressively comb through your garage deciding which things you should throw out, sell, or give away. The folks at Goodwill or popular exchange site Freecycle will happily accept any donated usable items. For goods you feel like selling, Craigslist allows you to list items on their website for free so people can contact you and pick things up at your convenience. Before junking all your garage clutter, be sure to check out these resources. Both your wallet and the environment could end up looking a little greener if you do.
  2. Divide your garage into ‘zones’. Think about how to best organize your garage into zones based on putting like items together (lawn and garden tools, kid things, auto supplies, chemicals). Even this basic organizational system will prevent pileups of random garage stuff, meaning you never trip over your wrench set and your kids don’t store toys on top of your table saw. Here are some ideas to get you started:
    1. Hang tools like shovels and rakes securely. This is safer than leaning them up against a wall, and frees up valuable floor space for larger items.
    2. Tightly screw on the lids of hazardous chemicals (pesticides, car fluids, paint and lacquer thinner, &c.) and store in a locker with doors. This will minimize fumes and potential spills, making the garage a safer place for everyone, especially pets and children.
    3. Put sporting goods and children’s toys in easy to reach bins on the floor, as far away from potentially dangerous tools and chemicals as possible. You can also utilize our wall storage systems, like storeWALL, to free up floor space by using baskets and hooks for your most needed items...
    4. Prevent shelf collapses by not over stacking. Be sure to put heavier items towards the bottom of the shelf, and lighter items on top. If your shelves still look too cluttered, think about creative storage alternatives, such as our Hyloft ceiling mounted overhead storage systems. 
  3. Garage Maintenance. Now that your garage is better organized than 90% of the population and usable again, you’ll want to keep it that way. In addition to purging junk and making sure your organizational zones hold up, check for and repair fraying extension cords, replace burnt-out light bulbs and test the smoke alarm. Make sure your tools are in good working order. With minimal care each month, you’ll reap the benefit of having a safe garage.

These are tips that you can easily- and should! –implement. Block out a Saturday or Sunday, and get your family to help. If you feel like your garage needs a more drastic overhaul, then consider scheduling Garage Themes for a free consultation. Whatever you choose to do, it’s important to be sure your garage is a safe space for you and your family.

Tags: garage organization tips, Garage Organization Solutions, Garage Cabinets, Garage Cabinet, Garage Safety

Garage Cabinets - Redline Garage Gear the essential cabinet system

Posted by Chris Watkins on Sunday, 01 Aug 2010 4:33 PM

This garage dude has seen a lot of garage cabinets and let me say, they aren't all created equal. OK, so I am biased in what our company offers - Redline Garage Gear is truly a versatile system at an affordable price, but everyone will say that about their cabinet line.  When I meet with clients it is easy to point out why our products are the best in the industry.  

Let me mention some key points here.  First, let's do the easy cabinet comparison of Redline to the luxury metal brands. Redline appeals to a broader range of customers who can see the value of having a quality storage cabinet product at a third of the price of luxury metal products.  Besides, how many metal brands offer 10 standard colors to choose from.Garage Workbench resized 600

With a finish quality delivered by a premier quality manufacturer, customers can't justify paying three times the cost to have a metal product.  Do you want a comprehensive garage cabinet solution for 5-10K or can you justify spending 15K-30K on a metal luxury brand?  Besides, Redline Garage Gear uses the same powder coated exterior finish, as metal products, simply optimized for application to a wood substrate. Folks, I am not saying that the metal products are not good quality or have nice features - but I am not writing the check to put them in my garage.  Also, it doesn't hurt that Redline Garage Gear is manufactured entirely in the USA using computer controlled systems and by highly skilled operators and artisans.

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For a while, I test marketed Redline in some side by side comparisons with product X - the result, NOT ONE customer was interested in purchasing product X! Why, Redline simply stood out far and above...it is the only storage cabinet product, that I know of, that has over three hundred cabinet layouts which makes it extremely versatile for every customer garage challenge our company has faced!

When I look at the quality of wood substrate based cabinets in the marketplace, I see poorly glued edge banding, edge banding that has peeled from the substrate, chipped melamine along edges, doors that are poorly aligned, loose hardware, etc.   When your a garage organization company that is relying on it's manufacturer to deliver a quality product, everytime, then not worrying about product quality, that should just be there, means you can focus on installing a quality solution for your customers.

OK, so Redline has had a couple of deliveries where we had a manufacturing defect that was promptly handled with a replacement part at no charge of course.  I haven't asked them to be perfect, but they are very close.

I could go on-and-on about Redline, but I'll save some fun discussion points for other key features in future blog articles.

Tags: Garage Cabinets, Redline Garage Gear, Storage Cabinets, Garage Cabinet

Garage Cabinets - Redline Garage Gear and Storewall

Posted by Chris Watkins on Sunday, 18 Jul 2010 1:51 AM

Garage Themes is a proud partner with Redline Garage Gear, the premier garage organization and cabinet system in North America.

When we first looked at cabinet systems for the garage, one thing was clear, cabinet vendors simply wanted to sell their "products," but only Redline Garage Gear wanted to help customers with a quality garage solution that could meet their needs and look good too!  With over 300 different garage storage cabinet configurations, Redline Garage Gear offers a customized solution at a very competitive price.

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From an off-the-floor design to a rugged powder-coated finish, Workbench Cabinets are designed to take nearly anything everyday life can throw at them. And with our industry-leading Lifetime Warranty, you’ll enjoy these garage storage cabinets for a long, long time!

Free Design ConsultationAnd if space is an issue, take a look at our Slimline Cabinets. They're designed to mix-and-match with Workbench Cabinets

For Garage Themes, it was very obvious that Redline had a proven system that would be well received by our customers. Additionally, Redline has helped dealer agents compete within the Garage Enhancement market with additional garage products such as storeWALL storage wall systems, overhead racks and more.  

Tags: Garage Cabinets, Redline Garage Gear, Storewall

Garage Mahal - Adding a Garage Sink Cabinet to your Workspace

Posted by Chris Watkins on Thursday, 24 Jun 2010 10:32 AM

With Redline Garage Gear, adding a garage sink cabinet to your workbench is simple as Garage Gear are open backed cabinets. You can easily utilize existing plumbing locations where cabinets can be located and a simple countertop sink cutout can be used to add your sink.

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This is a great solution for many while solving cleaning challenges as you can clean-up yourself and workspace before even leaving Free Design Consultationthe garage.  A side advantage is your spouse is less likely to complain since you enter your house clean while eliminating those unsightly utility sinks commonly found in today's garage.

Tags: Garage Cabinets, Redline Garage Gear, Garage Sink Cabinets, Garage Workbenches